Thomas Kent, Devereux Beasant, John Barker.
31st May 1693
Reference Numbert16930531-31
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Miscellaneous > military naval duty

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Thomas Kent , Devereux Beasant , and John Barker , were all three tried for Felony and Burglary in breaking the House of Ralph Tempest of St. Paul's Covent Garden , on the 25th of May last; they took away about the Hour of ten in the Night 8 Silver-handled Sword value 8l. another Sword 3l. 6 other Swords value 3l. Mr. Tempest and his Man swore that the Shop was broke open about Ten a Clock, but by whom they could not tell; the Constable swore that he found the Prisoners at the Two Brewers in Long-Acre, and in their Custody there was a dozen new Swords, and a Hanger, and several pieces of Cloth; and they were hiding a Sword in the Mantle-Tree; all which Goods were owned by the Prosecutor to be his, and were produced in Court as a further Evidence against them. Kent flatly denied the Fact, but had no Evidence; Barker said, he came to drink with the Prisoner Kent, being his Acquaintance, and that he knew nothing of the Swords; Beasant was taken in their Company, and made no defence, but none could say he was at the breaking of the House, so he was found guilty of Felony only , but the other two of Felony and Burglary .

[Kent, Barker: Death. See summary.]

[Beasant: Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

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